DT 28168

Daily Telegraph No 28168

A full review by gnomethang

This puzzle was published on 16th July 2016

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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***


Another typical Saturday puzzle, the only controversy being the spelling of the jet-setter in 7d.


1a           Hector, perhaps, and mount threat to computer (6,5)
TROJAN HORSE – HECTOR was a Trojan warrior. Add HORSE for mount or steed.

10a         Digs rough land over with spades (5)
ROOMS – A reversal of MOOR (rough land over) and S for Spades.

11a         Gardener confused about one military man (9)
GRENADIER – An anagram (confused) of GARDENER around/about I for one.

12a         Adjective maybe for one who’s come up the hard way (9)
QUALIFIER – Two definitions; an adjective is a QUALIFIER in a sentence and a person who enters pre-tournament knockouts (comes up the hard way) is as well.

13a         Rewrite thesis initially unconvincing (5)
TWEAK – The original letter of T(hesis) and then WEAK for unconvincing.

14a         English racing venue not top-class course (6)
ENTRÉE – E for English then remove AI (top class or A1) from (AI)NTREE the racing venue.

16a         Jump on vessel as ultimate act (4,4)
STAR TURN  – Split as START (jump) and URN (a vessel).

18a         Men work after time needing a snack (8)
TORTILLA – OR for Men (Other Ranks) and TILL (work) followed by A and place the lot after T for Time.

20a         Agree to give up after a century (6)
ACCEDE – to CEDE or give up after A (C)entury.

23a         Hire limo primarily wanting comfort (5)
LEASE – The primary letter in L(imo) and then EASE for comfort.

24a         Person in crowd scene merges with performer being a fan (9)
EXTRACTOR – An EXTRA (person in a crowd scene in a film) and an ACTOR (performer. Merging means that they share the last and staring letter  – EXTR(A)CTOR.

26a         I tell omen craftily giving comfort (9)
EMOLLIENT – An anagram (craftily) of I TELL OMEN.

27a         Nervous  time for grammarian (5)
TENSE – Two definitions – edgy/nervous and the conjugation of verbs in time for a grammarian.

28a         Near ancient doddery oldster (11)
CENTENARIAN – A doddery anagram of NEAR ANCIENT.


2d           German assent in support of port wine (5)
RIOJA – JA (German for yes/assent) following (in support of in a down clue) the port of RIO.

3d           What some prefer with whisky that’s served in the bar (7)
JUSTICE – A cryptic definition (what is served at the court bar) and the first is JUST ICE.

4d           Drink — one containing egg and mother’s ruin (6)
NOGGIN – NOG (drink containing egg) and GIN (mother’s ruin)

5d        Give too much importance to measure of how fast a team bowls (8)
OVERRATE  –  Split 4, 4 and you get the measure of the team’s bowling

6d           Second mad person having tea break (7)
SHATTER – S (second) HATTER (mad person having tea)

7d           Jet-setter who gets discount to go regularly to abide in France getting two-thirds off (8,5)
FREQUENT FLIER –  FREQUENT (go regularly) and LIE (abide) goes into the first third of FRance. 

8d           It’s fashionable to be absorbed by safe cushy job (8)
SINECURE –  IN (fashionable) ‘secured by’ SECURE (safe)

9d           What could make her date distraught (6-7)
BROKEN-HEARTED – The second part of the solution can be made from an anagram (distraught) of HER DATE.

15d         Herb gets arrogant, cooking (8)
TARRAGON – An anagram (cooking) of ARROGANT

17d         Do a bunk from exam with maximum speed (8)
FLEETEST –   FLEE (do a bunk) [from] TEST

19d         Compiled eco file showing hazard in Arctic seas (3,4)
ICE FLOE –  An anagram (compiled) of ECO FILE.

21d         Market trader picking up a ship (7)
COASTER – COSTER (someone who sells fruit and veg from a market barrow) picking up A (from the clue)

22d         Drug used by specialist at infirmary (6)
STATIN –   Hidden in (used by) specialiST AT INfirmary

25d         Chinese gang on a Pacific land (5)
TONGA – TONG (Chinese gang) on A (from the clue)



Thanks to the setter.


  1. Leveret
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    8d should be absorbed by ‘SECURE’ (safe) , I think.

    • crypticsue
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink | Reply

      Indeed it should. Apologies especially to Gnomey, as I helped him out by adding some of the Down explanations.

      I’ve corrected the explanation.

      Still you know if you put a ‘deliberate’ error that it means you’ll get at least one comment on the weekend puzzle reviews.

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